BRINGING LIFE TO AFRICAN FAMILIES
A couple decades ago, I began praying and considering Africa as an important focus of my mission. I will never forget one day at church when we attended the Council Road Baptist Church in Bethany, Oklahoma during a service, I was moved to go speak to a deacon, Laddie Adams about Africa. It was not a simple whisper I heard in my heart, but it was a loud voice in my spirit. GO TO AFRICA.
Isn't it interesting how God's timing is always perfect. In 2014, almost twenty years later the Lord opened the door for me to go with William Mwizerwa and Randy Hartley to Rwanda to experience the villages and people of this continent. I am so very thankful for the moments I experienced during the almost two weeks we were there. My life did change forever.
Fast forward to 2018, when I became acquainted with MAISHA PROJECT and found that Maisha in Swahili means LIFE! Beatrice Williamson invited me as a former sponsor to her annual Gala to be on the board. Through a series of miracles, I find myself Chairman of the Board of MAISHA now. We have such an amazing group of God fearing Christians who are changing the way we reach others for Christ.
God is opening doors for this ministry in such a huge way and on September 20, 2019 the ANNUAL GALA at the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City is taking place again. It was a year ago, we were honored to be in our first gala to reach out to those in need. MAISHA is feeding over 900 children every day, providing education, providing health care and holistic coverage for families. Truly focusing on orphans and widows, MAISHA brings life to all those in need and VMFA is now a formidable partner with MAISHA.
HEALING BROKEN FAMILIES
In 2006 our families life changed because of divorce which entered our home. Through the crisis, trauma and the emotional bombs exploding in our immediate family, we never recovered, but learned to live differently. Six years later the new "life" of brokenness had gone through healing and step family members were introduced. The term a "blended" family became a reality. Only then, did I personally realize the importance of loving unconditionally.
Blended families go through many trials and struggles, but with God people can make it through the most difficult times because of the teachings of Jesus.
In this spirit, recently I was contacted at the first of 2019 to do the funeral of a lifetime friend, Rick Stanley, the step brother to Elvis Presley. Rick was inside my inner circle and his Brother Billy contacted me. Billy had written a book many years ago, ELVIS MY BROTHER. This was a NY Times Best Seller from St Martin's Press in the 1980's where he shared the story of growing up at Graceland.
The book was a hard hitting book about the challenges of being a step family member in the first family of Rock & Roll. This book is a movie now being made by our film production partner, GRP FILMS. The film's them will focus on the "blended family" and how to embrace those who become family members who are not "blood relatives". Elvis was a shining example of how to do it "right".
PRAYING FOR YOU
How can we pray for you? Our ministry at VMFA knows and understands the power of love. We believe God's blessings are available to you and we are interceding for you. Thank you for praying for our films. Thank you for remembering Caleb Freeman and the #but GOD. What is most important is for you to know and follow Jesus Christ. This can change your life forever. We have over 1200 prayer partners and we are believing God's best for you even now.
Kevin McAfee is a filmmaker who writes for the purpose of inspiring others to make a difference in the world through faith in God and using the visual language of film. His blog shares the hopes of impacting culture, because his heart is in media missions and the church.